Mold, Not Just a Health Problem, But a Structural One Too!

Mold, Not Just a Health Problem, But a Structural One Too!
Mold occurs normally in outdoor environments, serving as nature’s recycling center and breaking down the dead organic matter from animals or plants. Humans encounter mold and even inhale mold spores every day with no ill effects whatsoever. When mold occurs in an indoor environment, however, things change. Suddenly, mold and its accompanying spores (through which it reproduces) are encountered (and inhaled) in large concentrations. When you consider the job that mold is designed to do on organic matter, it becomes easy to see how it could become a serious health hazard.
“Even new homes may have mold problems, so mold inspections are recommended even for new home purchases. New constructions are often tightly sealed up between the time that construction is finished and the time the home is sold. Any moisture trapped inside will have no place to go, and over time may easily give way to mold and mildew growth.”
Mold requires three key ingredients to grow:
1. Food, which includes materials high in cellulose content such as paper and wood. Drywall, wallpaper, carpet, ceiling tiles, dust, and dirt, are also food sources for mold.
2. Temperatures of 5 degrees to 38 degrees present the perfect environment for mold.
3. Finally, water is the key ingredient. Mold can not grow without moisture. Where there is moisture, you will find mold. This is one of the reasons that leaking pipes, roofs and ceiling, sewer backups, floods, and condensation end up causing mold issues.
In addition to the many health issues caused by mold, it is also important to realize that mold can reduce property values and cause structural damage.
In fact, mold is like a cancer because it will continue to grow unless it is removed. Since mold continues to grow, it requires a constant supply of food, which should be a concern for any property owner because it destroys the surface that it is growing on. Simply treating mold is not enough.
To effectively remove mold and conserve your property values, the contaminated material should be removed and then the environmental conditions, particularly humidity issues, should be controlled.
If you have mold, you should not wait and let it continue to grow. The sooner your mold issues are addressed, the less likely you will experience structural damage to your home or building, that will reduce the value of your property.
If you have mold issues, give us a call, we are here to help. Got Mold? specializes in mold remediation. Our goal is to offer you peace of mind, better health, and a safer living environment!